Dry skin is characterised by a lack of moisture in the outermost layer of the skin which is often due to an imbalance in the body’s natural oil production, causing the skin to become rough and flaky, itchy and uncomfortable.
In some cases, dry skin can lead to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin conditions. These conditions also make it more difficult to apply makeup and moisturise properly. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies that can help relieve dry skin. But there is one solution you might not have thought of: Essential oils. Essential oils can do wonders for dry skin.
Which Essential Oils Are Best For Dry Skin?
There are several essential oils that can help with dry skin. They work by moisturising the skin and helping to balance oil production. Ben Phillips from Australia’s oldest aromatherapy company Buckley and Phillips Aromatics says Lavender, Helichrysum, Geranium and Chamomile are among the most popular essential oils used for dry skin
Lavender essential oil has been used for centuries as an effective treatment for various ailments. It’s known to soothe sore muscles, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. It’s also a popular ingredient in lotions and creams because it helps keep skin soft and supple.
Cold winter air dehydrates skin and makes skin dry. The wonderful soothing properties of chamomile oil make it an ideal ingredient to help dry and parched skin and sensitive skin.
Best known for improving skin conditions, helichrysum oil works like an antioxidant that helps with dry, flaky skin and aids in increasing skin hydration. It’s also known for its scar and pigment reducing properties.
Geranium Essential Oil
Helpful for balancing dry or oily skin, this oil’s astringent like properties make it great for moisturising and encouraging youthful skin. It may also help minimise wrinkles and fine lines and regenerate skin. It is also excellent for soothing dry and irritated skin as it has anti-inflammatory properties.
You are likely familiar with the menthol like qualities of peppermint. Peppermint oil contains menthol, which, when applied to skin is a cooling agent. Menthol is popularly used to reduce redness and swelling and to relieve pain and inflammation.
How To Use Essential Oils For Dry Skin
You can use essential oils as part of your daily routine to keep your skin healthy. Either look for products containing essential oils, or mix them into a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Apply products containing essential oils directly to your skin before bedtime or after bathing.
** do not apply essential oils directly to the skin, ensure they are diluted in a cream or base oil.